Gibson's Blue Carpet Treatment

Like many who attended, Jeff Gibson gave North Carolina's Junior Day on Saturday high reviews.

"It was kind of like an elite junior day," Gibson said. "But it was way different from the rest of the junior days I've been to. They had a lot of events.

"You know how you have a red carpet? Well they had a blue carpet that you walked on and they recorded you and did a special interview on it. And then they had it set up in the locker room with your jersey and all the extra gear – it was set up like you were getting ready for a game."

Despite the abundant schedule, Gibson, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound safety from Hope Mills (N.C.) Gray's Creek, says he talked to the UNC coaching staff "a lot" throughout the day – particularly with Vic Koenning, his primary recruiter and safeties coach.

"Coach Vic was basically telling me that they need some safeties … so he wants me to come right in and help them out in that area."

The potential for early playing time is very important to Gibson.

"I don't have to start or anything, but I'm not trying to sit there and waste a year of college," Gibson said.

Saturday's junior day closed with the UNC-Duke rivalry basketball game. It happened to be Gibson's first live college basketball game.

"I don't think it lived up to the hype, because the game wasn't that good," Gibson said. "The atmosphere was a whole different story. That was a great atmosphere to be in at the time."

NC State was somewhat of a favorite for Gibson early on, thanks in part to his numerous trips to the campus. Following UNC's Junior Day and having had some time to reflect, he is looking at things differently.

"[The junior day] helps UNC move up a little bit," Gibson said. "But I don't really have any favorites. I'm trying to see how many offers I'm going to get first before I start ranking [schools] in my mind. If I actually get some of the offers that are supposed to come my way, it could be a different situation."

Gibson, who reports offers from Clemson, UNC, and NC State, says Louisville and Virginia Tech are the most prominent schools to mention a forthcoming offer. He's scheduled to visit Blacksburg on April 6.

"Virginia Tech was talking about offering when I visit, but then they were saying they may want me to come to their camp so that they could see me play offense," Gibson said. "I'm going to go up there and see what happens."

Gibson has played both safety and wide receiver during his high school career, but exclusively played safety as a junior.

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